Christina Cooke | Civil Eats


Christina Cooke is Civil Eats' associate editor. Based in North Carolina, she has also covered people, place, science, business, and culture for venues including The New Yorker, The New York Times,, The Guardian, Oxford American, and High Country News. In the past, she has worked as a staff writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee and a weekly paper in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of the documentary writing program at the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies and the creative nonfiction writing MFA program at Portland State University, she teaches interviewing and nonfiction writing at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Find out more at

Fighting Voter Suppression, Environmental Racism, and Corporate Agriculture in Hog Country

Site manager Eileen Bowman wears a "REGISTER & VOTE" mask as long lines of voters wait to cast early voting ballots at Roxborough High School on October 17, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Youth Are Flipping an Abandoned North Carolina Prison into a Sustainable Farm

Logan Stern, Robin Patel, Terrence Smith, Michael Adyson Strickland, and Noran Sanford (left to right) stand in the pasture they've created outside the prison yard at the Scotland Correctional Center, which was decommissioned in 2001.

For Farmworkers Facing Debilitating Depression, Is Teletherapy a Solution?

two women farmworkers in a living room.

Biodiversity and Animal Welfare are Paramount for These Second-Generation North Carolina Farmers

Worth and Hillary Kimmel with their foraging pigs.

Once on the Sidelines of Farming, Women Landowners Find Their Voices

Debbie Clay is a farmer in Stony Creek, Virginia.

In North Carolina, New Pollution Allegations Add to Residents’ Woes Over Factory Farms

A North Carolina hog CAFO and its waste lagoons. (Photo courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance)

Iowa Residents to Sue the State Over Air Emissions from Industrial Hog Farms

Piglets on a slatted floor like those used in Iowa CAFOs. (Photo credit: agnormark)

Farmers Along the 100th Meridian Stand to be Hard Hit by Climate Change

map of the 100th meridian shift

Rep. Steve King Wants to Undo State Laws Protecting Animals and the Environment

interstate commerce chicken truck

Hemp is on the Horizon. Will it Change the Game for Farm Country?

(Photo courtesy of Vote Hemp)